Sharon Elaine B. Bailey

November 10, 1951 – April 11, 2023

A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church, Winona, Mississippi at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2023, for Sharon “Sherrye” Elaine (Bell) Bailey of Winona, Mississippi. Visitation shall also be Friday, April 14, 2023, at First Baptist Church beginning at 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Garden of Memory in Winona, Mississippi. Rev. Jay Anderson will officiate the service.

Sherrye was born November 10, 1951, to William and Josephine Bell of Grenada. She was an only child. She had a first cousin, Mark Griffin.

She was married to H. Lee Bailey, Jr. of Winona and they had two children: Karen Elizabeth Bailey Clark of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Hugh Lee (Tripp) Bailey, III of Madison, Mississippi.

Sherrye was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009. Since that date she fought the disease as well as anyone. She finally became comatose from the illness and during the comatose period, she contracted covid twice and beat it both times. She was a hardy soul to be so small and delicate. She was not expected to live as long as she lived when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Sherrye was originally from Grenada and her friends kept up with her progress against Alzheimer’s, until there was no progress and still, whenever they could, they would ask how she was doing. She was close to her friends, and they were close to her.

Sherrye attended John Rundle High School and Kirk Academy. She then attended the University of Mississippi where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. While at Ole Miss she met and married her husband. They were married for nearly 50 years and have two children, named above. She also has three grandsons, Bailey Lyon, Wells Lyon and Griffin Lyon. The oldest grandchild, Bailey, while still very young tried to call her a name that Sherrye wanted to be called as a grandmother, but it came out, “Ya Ya”. So, to all of her family from then to now, she is known as Ya Ya.

Sherrye loved people and while working at Union Planters, now known as Regions, she met a number of people who grew to become good friends with her. They would always ask about her after she left the bank. She had a very friendly and outgoing personality. They all would tell about how nice and courteous she was while transacting their business.

When her children were growing up and going through school at Winona Academy, she attended every activity that each one of them was in. That was a lot of ball games, track meets, dance recitals and beauty pageants.

While growing up as a Presbyterian, she later became a member of the First Baptist Church in Winona, since her husband and children were Baptists. She wanted to have everyone in the family in the same church family.

Pallbearers will be Bailey Lyon, Wells Lyon, Griffin Lyon, Mike Clark, Bubba Gross and Bobby Jernigan. Mark Griffin will be an honorary pallbearer.

Sherrye passed away April 11, 2023, at the age of 71.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or online at; or to First Baptist Church of Winona, PO Box 408, Winona, MS 38967.

19 thoughts on “Sharon Elaine B. Bailey

  1. Sherry was such a wonderful and lovely person. I will always remember her fondly. May God bless this sweet family during this time.


  2. Always kind, friendly, and witty. Oh, how the world needs more Sherrye’s. Prayers for her sweet family during this time of grief.


  3. Our deepest sympathy, Karen and Tripp, in the passing of your sweet, beautiful Mother. May God bless you.


  4. To the Family of Sherrye Bailey:
    A sweet soul that will be missed by many friends as well! She was very regular in attending activities involving her children at WA!
    Many prayers and much love to each of you!


  5. Lee and family, Sherry was such a lovely lady. So sweet and dear to so many. Many prayers for you family at this difficult time.


  6. Dear Lee and Family,
    I’m so sorry for the lost of your wife, Mother, relative, & friend. Sherrye, was a wonderful friend to all. You all will be in my thoughts & prayers.


  7. I will always remember Sherry when we were younger and so goofy! We laughed and giggled at everything even as adults….really have missed that over the years. As first cousins Jimmy, Ann, Linda, Mark and many others enjoyed being together. Prayers for you Karen and Tripp.


  8. Karen, I am so sorry.
    I got to know Sherry while we had children in Winona Academy. We became friends, she could always make laugh. The boys in school thought she was so hot!! Lol
    I am so thankful she has been set free🙌🙌🙏


  9. Lee, Karen, and Tripp – I adored Sherrye and enjoyed working with her so much at the bank. My prayers are with you all.



  10. Sherry was the kindest person I have ever known. She always had that beautiful smile, she was beautiful inside and out. My heart is with yall. Hugs and prayers sent yall’s way.
    Love yall, Corrine.


  11. We Bell cousins all send our love and condolences to Karen, Tripp, Lee, Bailey, Wells, and Griffin. I have happy memories of Sherrye from our childhood playing with my little brother Gregory and me in our grandmother Lydia’s back yard in Grenada. Our parents and grandmother gave us chores to do, but they were more fun to do with our older cousin Sherrye, who knew so much more than we did. Husking corn and shucking peas on the front porch while sitting in the big swing was fun. Drinking cool lemonade and fanning ourselves on summer afternoons, learning to do the laundry in the wringer washing machine out in the shady side yard, exploring the old firetruck in a park by Lake Grenada, and enjoying the summers together as much as possible filled our hours. Sherrye was kind, beaautiful, and always good to us. Our younger Aiello (Bell) cousins Paul, Joel, Patrick, and the late Rebecca are the children of Rosalie, Uncle Bill’s baby sister. Gregory and I are the children of Ruth, Bill’s older sister. We are separated by time and distance from those days in Mississippi but Love bridges the miles.


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